In North Carolina, you have 40 days, (39 days after your court date) to pay your court costs and fines. What if you cannot comply and the judge will not give you more time? In most cases, if you do not pay your court costs and fines on time, the court will enter a Failure to Comply and notify the DMV that you have failed to pay. The Failure to Comply carries an additional fee of $50. Thereafter, the DMV will notify you that if you do not satisfy the Failure to Comply within 60 days, they will suspend your license.
This can result in a snowball effect of losing your license simply by not having the money to pay court costs and fines. While many courts are making efforts to allow drivers to retain their licenses after this process, it can still be a problem.